Dota 2: DreamLeague Stockholm Major Primer

DreamLeague Season 11, the third Major tournament of the 2018/19 Dota Pro Circuit, begins tomorrow in Stockholm. Sixteen qualified teams spanning every region will battle for their share of a million dollar prize pool. This article introduces the four top teams heading into the competition.

Team Secret, the most recent Major champions, aim to sustain their dominant start to 2019 in Sweden. The international team followed up a win at the Chongqing Major in January with a commanding victory at ESL Katowice, finishing the tournament with a 16-1 record and enter this tournament as many peoples’ favourites.

Chongqing’s beaten finalists, Virtus Pro, are best placed to end Team Secret’s recent domination. The Russians already claimed the Kuala Lumpur Major, the first Major of the season, back in November and will try to put a disappointing performance at MDL Macau behind them. Virtus Pro has proved themselves worthy as one of the best teams in the world multiple times, can they do it again in Stockholm?

Perennial outsiders Evil Geniuses hope to improve on their recent third-place finishes and qualify for their first final at a Valve sponsored tournament since 2015. The American team will be encouraged by their victory over Virtus Pro in Macau, but they need to replicate that feat on a bigger stage and under higher pressure if they hope to win at the Major.

PSG.LGD are capable of beating any rival on their day, but they have been off the boil since their shocking loss to OG in the final of The International 2018 in August. The Chinese representatives will need to recapture their form from last Spring if they hope to challenge the likes of Team Secret and Virtus Pro in Stockholm.

The DreamLeague Stockholm Major gets underway on Thursday at 1230 GMT with the group stage. The tournament concludes on March 24 with a best of five grand final at 1530 GMT.